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500 Calories or Less: Salmon With Homemade Pesto

This is one of our favourite less than 500 calorie meals. It’s perfect if you’re looking for 5:2 diet plan ideas or just fancy something lighter for dinner. The 500 calories fast days are obviously the hardest part of the diet. The point of the 5:2 diet is that you give your body 2 fast days and 5 days where you eat normally, albeit slightly healthier. The diet has become one of the nation’s favourite weight-loss options and the fast days needn’t be as scary as they sound.

This is a delicious easy salmon recipe and ready in just 25 minutes! The quick pesto is made with rocket, mint and lemon juice to keep it light and fresh, while cashews give it that distinctive nutty flavour. Serve the salmon with new potatoes or mashed potatoes for a delicious dinner.

Being on a diet doesn’t mean missing out on your favourite treats. We’ve got lots of low calorie versions of classic meals including curry, stir-fries, sandwiches and more. And of course, we’d love to hear how you’re getting on with your 5:2 diet progress so feel free to comment below and let us know all about it.

500 Calories or Less: Salmon With Homemade Pesto

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By Ben Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes

This is a delicious easy recipe and ready in just 25 minutes!


  • • 4 salmon fillets
  • • 3tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • • 1 lemon, plus extra wedges, to serve
  • • Large pack fresh mint, leaves removed
  • • 100g bag rocket
  • • 30g cashew nuts, toasted
  • • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • • salt & fresh ground black pepper



Brush both sides of the salmon fillets with a little oil and cook in a heated non-stick pan for 5 mins, without moving them. Turn the fillets and continue to cook for a further 5 mins. Squeeze over the juice of ½ lemon.


Next, to make the homemade pesto, put the mint, handful of the rocket, garlic, seasoning, remaining lemon juice and cashews into a small food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Add the oil and 2tbsp water and whizz again. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.


Serve the salmon with the pesto, rocket, lemon wedges. Enjoy!


  • 489 Calories


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  • James Travis
    February 18, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Looks delicious

  • Marion Payne
    February 20, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Lovely fresh tasting recipe great for any occasion or everyday meal

  • debbieskerten
    April 7, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Delicious x

  • Carolyn
    April 12, 2019 at 9:29 am

    This is an unusual pesto, I think it would be great with peas and stirred into some fresh pasta too.

  • Robert Price
    April 28, 2019 at 4:49 am


  • amy simpson
    April 28, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I love Salmon,thanks for this recipe x

  • Di shepz
    April 30, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    yummy, im going to make this

  • Glenn Hutton
    May 11, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    This looks so fresh… We don’t eat enough fish.

  • Heather Haigh
    July 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Lovely healthy tasty recipe

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